The Beatles sold 144,000 albums (119,000 digital albums and 25,000 CDs) in the U.S. during the week that ended Nov. 21, up from a total of just 20K the week before, according to Nielsen/SoundScan. The band sold 1.4 million individual tracks in the U.S. during the week, according to Billboard. Worldwide, the band sold more than 2 million individual tracks, according to Apple.Michael Jackson's posthumous sales spurt in June 2009. In the week after his death, 49 of his songs invaded Hot Digital Songs, while 17 of his albums were listed on Top Digital Albums. But while the total numbers are very similar, Jackson's songs and albums ranked much higher on the lists. Jackson had six of the top 10 on both Hot Digital Songs and Top Digital Albums. By contrast, the Beatles have only one album in the digital top 10 (Abbey Road at #8). Their top title on Hot Digital Songs is "Let It Be" at #26. Led Zeppelin, finally came to the digital party three years ago this week. In the week ending Nov. 18, 2007, 14 of the band's songs invaded Hot Digital Songs. Seven of the band's albums, including the then-new release Mothership, entered Top Digital Albums (which was then a top 50 list).
Half of these 10 songs ("Here Comes The Sun," "In My Life," "Blackbird," "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" and "With A Little Help From My Friends") weren't released as singles by the Beatles (while they were a current act). It's hard to imagine another act where their non-single album tracks are as widely known.
Again, three of these 10 songs ("Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da," "A Day In The Life" and "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds") weren't released as singles by the Beatles (while they were a current act). Four of these other songs were released as B sides, but managed to become widely known in their own right. "I Saw Her Standing There" was the B side of "I Want To Hold Your Hand." The superb "Eleanor Rigby" was the B side of "Yellow Submarine" (if you can believe that). "Revolution" was the B side of "Hey Jude." "Strawberry Fields Forever" was the B side of "Penny Lane."
The Beatles In Stereo is a 16-CD box set. 1967-1970 and 1962-1966 are the so-called Blue and Red greatest hits albums which were released in 1973.
As you can see, six songs appeared in the top 10 for both fans and critics. (It's possible that the critics' list, so recently published, had an impact on fan purchases.)
The Beatles' digital bow was accompanied by an extensive marketing campaign, including TV spots that aired during Sunday Night Football and the American Music Awards, among other shows. The campaign will continue with expanded TV advertising and full-page ads in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal linked to "Black Friday" shopping.
the Jackson 5 (later the Jacksons) and one duet with Paul McCartney. His tally of 17 albums on Top Digital Albums included 13 solo albums and four albums with his brothers.
It remains to be seen if this will be more than a short-lived surge for the Beatles. Some argue that the Beatles should have made their digital debut a few years ago; that it was naïve to think that fans would wait for this official release to download this prized material.AC/DC, Garth Brooks, Def Leppard, Bob Seger, Tool and Kid Rock (who allows entire albums to be digitally, just not individual songs). Which of these acts will be next to join the digital party? Place your bets.
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